Matteo Pessina scored as Italy made it three wins out of three at Euro 2020 by beating 10-man Wales 1-0 to finish top of Group A, with both teams advancing to the last 16.
Pessina’s goal means Italy will play the runner-up from Group C in the next round, with Wales facing the team that comes second in Group B.
Roberto Mancini, who took over the Azzurri after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, also saw his side match an 82-year Italian record.
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Italy extended their unbeaten run to 30 games — 25 wins and five draws — a feat last achieved under two-time World Cup winning coach Vittorio Pozzo between 1935 and 1939.
“It’s nice to have equalled a legend like Pozzo. But he has more important trophies than the 30 games,” said Mancini.
“It couldn’t get better than this.
“We could have scored one more goal but they defended themselves the whole game, they are a physical team. Then it was hot. We did very well.”
Mancini added: “Anyone who gets past the first round are in contention to win.”
It was also an 11th consecutive win with a clean sheet for Italy who had already booked their ticket to the knockout rounds with a game to spare.
Italy will play Ukraine or Austria at Wembley on June 26 for a spot in the quarter-finals.
TURKEY PUT OUT OF THEIR MISERY
Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1, but they will have to wait to see if they reach the last 16 of Euro 2020 as one of the four best third-placed teams.
Shaqiri’s goals came after Haris Seferovic’s first-half opener and either side of Irfan Kahveci scoring Turkey’s only goal of the tournament.
For Turkey, it was a third defeat in a tournament where they conceded eight goals and scored just one. They were considered a dark horse by many. In the end, they crashed out of a group that looked wide open.